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July 30, 2014

U.S. Chamber: Congressional Reform of False Claims Act Enforcement Needed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today urging Congress to reform aspects of the False Claims Act (FCA):

“The FCA is an important tool, but in an era of exploding government regulations, it needs to be updated. To be effective, the FCA should be upgraded to focus more on preventing fraud from happening in the first place, rather than solely relying on after-the-fact litigation.

“We support reexamination of this issue and will work with Congress on smart, commonsense reforms to improve the FCA’s role in preventing fraud.”

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing this afternoon on oversight of the FCA. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP’s David W. Ogden, a former United States deputy attorney general, will testify on behalf of ILR. A copy of his testimony is available here.

ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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